Pictures and Colour
genetics of Indian Runner Ducks
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The Fawn Indian Runner is native to the East Indies. Photographed by Duckrus in Bali, this flock shows the beautiful warm ginger fawn described in the Standards. Imported as 'skins' by Wallace, and as live ducks by Walton in 1909, this is the basic colour. The ducks described in 1835 at the Zoological gardens UK fit the Fawn.
The genotype from the Far East is light phase dusky with the brown gene. Light phase results in a ragged bib in the male; dusky removes the eye stripes and pigments the under wing.
In recent years, the Blue gene has been added to the basic fawn resulting a in the colour sequence: Fawn Dusky /Blue Dusky/Apricot dusky.
Group of Blue Duskies. Duskies do not show eye-stripe markings in the feathers on the face. The under-wing is also pigmented. They are light phases duskies.
This is unlike the Trout, Blue Trout and Apricot Trout (Blau-gelb) which have eye stripes and cream/white underwing feathers. The Trout and Blau-gelb are not duskies. They are light phase mallard.
Above: Apricot Trout (Blau-gelb) (Saxony)
Below: Apricot Trout drake (homozygous for blue - alias 'Saxony') and Blue Trout duck (heterozygous for blue)
Black, Blue, Lavender and splashed Runners, all bred from a Blue/Blue mating